A Learning Festival for Book Buddies
serves as the background where high school students utilize newly
acquired skills of working and reading aloud with young children.
Time management, organization, and presentation skills become crucial
if this event is to be successful. Students invest in a lot of hard
work and reap wonderful rewards.
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Engage in effective discussions.
Make effective presentations.
Understand, analyze, evaluate, and respond to oral presentations.
Students divide into three groups and assign organizational responsibilities
in order to:
Design and create three learning corners for Read Alouds based
on a specific theme.
Prepare a twenty minute lesson for each corner. ex: select a children's
book reflecting theme of festival; make storyboards; and assemble
visuals and props.
Plan lesson presentations and time line. Write up steps in a Lesson
Act as role models and practice with student groups.
Develop Take Home Packets that younger children complete with
Send Book Buddies e-mail invitations to the Learning Festival
at the high school library.
Continue e-mail correspondence to let little ones know what to
Divide Book Buddies into three groups on the day of the Learning
Rotate youngsters from corner to corner every twenty minutes.
Video tape Learning Festivals so high school students critique
presentations and observe their interactions with youngsters.
Analyze teaching techniques and sequence of events during follow-up
Document results in Book Buddies Journals.
As mentors become Reading Role Models, they teach younger children
the importance of reading and introduce them to the wonders of high
Students learn how to complete and implement a lesson plan with a
live audience. They learn what teaching is really like; observing
how they teach and how they react to children is fun. Respect for
the teaching profession grows.
Children's books, foam core, folders, art materials, decorations,
Take Home Packets, Learning Festival Did
Students use scanners, Microsoft Word and Clip Art for story boards
and worksheets; video the Learning Festival; e-mail Book Buddies.
Learning Festival Did I? Sheet assesses
planning. Teacher observation, video tape, and journal reflections
combine to evaluate the Learning Festival.
Students continue to find good material at Kathy
Schrock's Guide for Educators.